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Oct 21, 2010

Thompsons’ Maguire Wins Solicitor of the Year Title

Campaigning lawyer Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors who works closely with Clydebank Asbestos Group has won the prestigious Solicitor of the Year Title after years of fighting for the rights of local asbestos victims.

The award signals a rare double success – Mr Maguire led Thompsons to the Law Firm of the Year title at last year’s ceremony.

Apart from his tireless campaigning on behalf of asbestos victims, Mr Maguire fought for NHS patients who contracted Hepatitis C and HIV from infected NHS blood and Thompsons advise the C.Diff Justice Group at the Vale of Leven.

The judges at the glittering Scottish Law Awards ceremony also recognised his professional skills in establishing Thompsons as the leading personal injury specialist firm in Scotland and praised his political convictions and his impact in changing the law.

Local MSP Des McNulty said: “Frank Maguire has been a great champion of asbestos sufferers in pursuing their cases for compensation through the courts and a key figure in campaigns to change the law in favour of those affected by industrial diseases.

“He has had a particularly close relationship with the Clydebank Asbestos Group and with the trade union movement, providing the legal backing for their successful campaigns against attempts by insurers to escape liability for the damage caused to workers through negligence, especially exposure to asbestos.

“Frank's commitment and energy over the years have helped thousands of people, his record is second to none and I warmly welcome his being given this award.

Frank Maguire said: “This is a tremendous honour which reflects the professionalism of my colleagues whose support has made it possible.

“The Law is currently going through a period of change and uncertainty, which means we have to be more vigilant than ever that our rights are not eroded.

“I am working with the STUC on their Access to Justice campaign against rising court costs which threaten to price the man in the street out of our courts and I am supporting efforts to get the Scottish Parliament to pass the Wrongful Deaths bill which would eliminate the need for details of victims lives to be the subject of courtroom wrangling”.

Thompsons’ joint senior partner Syd Smith said: “This award is richly deserved.

“Frank has dedicated his life to fighting for the underdog and seeking justice for the victims of accident, injury disease and industrial wrongs.

“He can take real credit for the fact that asbestos victims in Scotland are significantly better off than their counterparts in England thanks to his success in persuading the Scottish Parliament to act on their behalf.”

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